not reversible; incapable of being changed: His refusal is irreversible.
- ir·re·vers·i·bil·i·ty, ir·re·vers·i·ble·ness, noun
- ir·re·vers·i·bly, adverb
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How to use irreversible in a sentence
Scientists tell us that we have to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by about half this decade to avoid irreversible, catastrophic effects of climate change.It’s about time adults start rising up against climate change | Alexandria Villaseñor | October 21, 2020 | Popular-Science
Large-scale theft of data like Social Security numbers could create irreversible damage to political and social systems.
If we don’t act now, the harm that we are doing to the planet will be irreversible.Indra Nooyi: Why I’m optimistic about business’s role in solving climate change | jakemeth | October 9, 2020 | Fortune
For the past two years, we’ve partnered with Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, to ship vaccines with sensors that can detect breaks in the cold chain before they lead to irreversible damage.Once a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered, the hard part begins | jakemeth | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
The always capricious dynamic between advertisers and agencies is going through its latest set of twists and turns as both groups experience irreversible changes to their respective businesses caused by the coronavirus crisis.Marketers ‘looking to feel confident’: the coronavirus causing irreversible changes to the advertiser-agency dynamic | Seb Joseph | August 20, 2020 | Digiday
That would create an irreversible cycle wherein the climate is beyond our control.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL | Jack Holmes | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now, a new mouthpiece may help protect players from irreversible harm.This Mouthpiece Will Save Football Players’ Brains | Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If I had my wish, football would suffer a sudden and irreversible drop in popularity.
Echoing Hugo Chavez, they have vowed to make his revolution “irreversible.”
For the populations of tiny island nations like Kiribati, the threat is real and near – and any impacts would be irreversible.
All was over of hope: and the particulars seemed immaterial, since the catastrophe was as irreversible as it was afflicting.Camilla | Fanny Burney
In His case, as in the case of others, judgment follows death,judgment irreversible on the things done in the body.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
By the social code, sin between man and woman can never be blotted out, as assuredly it is the most irreversible of facts.Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
We know that in virtue of Carnot's principle physical phenomena are irreversible and the world tends toward uniformity.
Life is an irreversible process and for that reason its future can never be a repetition of the past.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
British Dictionary definitions for irreversible
not able to be reversed: the irreversible flow of time
not able to be revoked or repealed; irrevocable
chem physics capable of changing or producing a change in one direction only: an irreversible reaction
thermodynamics (of a change, process, etc) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are not all in thermodynamic equilibrium
- irreversibility or irreversibleness, noun
- irreversibly, adverb
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